Today is September 1 and the day we are kicking off the 2017 Topcoder Open!

The Ultimate Programming & Design Tournament is back and it’s your chance to shine. If you’re new to Topcoder you may be asking yourself “What is the TCO?”. Everything you want to know about TCO can be found here on the TCO website.

In short, TCO is the chance to:

  • Win limited edition T-shirts
  • Win a trip to the USA
  • Win bonus cash
  • Compete live on stage at the TCO Onsite Finals
  • Meet other Topcoder members in person
  • Have an event locally with other Topcoder members
  • Become a Topcoder champion and an international Topcoder superstar

TCO17 will include the following tracks of competition: Development, Design, First2Finish, and Prototype, plus Algorithm and Marathon (details of which we’ll have at a later dates).

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to the active challenges listings page. Design can be found here. Development can be found here.
  2. Find TCO eligible challenges marked with a TCO flag. All eligible challenges will be marked as TCO eligible in the challenge details page as well.
  3. Compete in any of the eligible challenges. Win a placement in a TCO eligible challenge and then find your name on the TCO leaderboard.
  4. After the end of a TCO stage, if you’re on top of the leaderboard, you’re going to win an all-expenses paid trip to the TCO Finals in the USA to compete live for a chance to become a Topcoder champion!

Easy as that!

Stage 1 has begun, September 1 and goes through November 30, 2016. Check out our eligible contests and good luck! Your journey to become a TCO17 Finalist trip winner to the USA starts… NOW!